Quique Sanchez Flores noticed his Watford workforce beat two targets to earn a draw in opposition to Arsenal on his return to Vicarage Highway.
The Spaniard was reappointed final week after the dismissal of his countryman Javi Gracia and guided the Hornets to their second level of the season whereas they lined up Arsenal on a rating of two -2.
A pair of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appeared to need to depart the Gunners on observe to win, however defensive errors as soon as once more price the Unai Emery workforce.
This efficiency within the second half, though 👏👏👏
⏱️ FT⚽ 2-2 # WATARS pic.twitter.com/ZDcLHX2ENd
– Watford Soccer Membership (@WatfordFC), September 15, 2019
First, Sokratis Papastathopoulos noticed an intercepted go to permit Tom Cleverley to hit earlier than David Luiz awkwardly granted a penalty that changed Roberto Pereyra by masquerading as a secret strike.
After passing the interval, Arsenal noticed two factors escape and because the begin of final season, he has dedicated 15 errors that led to targets for the primary time. opposition – greater than every other excessive flying workforce at the moment.
For Flores – who left Hertfordshire on the finish of the 2015/16 season after main Watford to a 13th place and an FA Cup semifinal – there was quite a bit to take from the primary match of his second stint on the helm.
Bernd Leno was the busiest custodian of the preliminary exchanges, simply saving Gerard Deulofeu earlier than tipping a Cleverley participant over his crossbar.
Arsenal struggled to launch with out threatening injured Alexandre Lacazette, who was main the road. The membership's report was Nicolas Pepe, capturing near the closest pole of the guests within the first 20 minutes.
Aubameyang scored twice within the first interval (Nick Potts / PA)
However that modified when Aubameyang, the highest scorer of final season within the Premier League, had his first hope.
Dani Ceballos gained the ball on Will Hughes and fed Sead Kolasinac, who took over from Aubameyang to show round and shoot subsequent to Ben Foster to place Emery within the forefront.
The Gabonese striker nearly had a second shortly after however couldn’t return the ball dwelling, deflected by Ozil, whereas Foster despatched the ball for a nook.
Nevertheless, he’ll quickly be doubling his wager as a result of he’s about to finish a dramatic transfer whereas Ozil's good go is crossed by Aubinsyang by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Arsenal practically gave Watford again within the match when Matteo Guendouzi was in possession of the ball on the sting of his personal field, whereas Deulofeu shot Leno and Andre Grey despatched the rebound off.
Watford's loss within the second half means the factors are divided. # WATARS
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 15, 2019
The Hornets wouldn’t let the subsequent unpunished reward, Arsenal making an attempt to play on the again just for Sokratis to see his go intercepted by Deulofeu and that the ball was escaped by Cleverley who transformed beneath Leno.
The purpose invigorated the Watford gamers. In the summertime, Ismaila Sarr made his method onto the substitutes' bench and managed to misplace a purpose because the hosts equalized a tying purpose.
Pereyra's fairly movie, changing his compatriot, additionally goes past Leno's purpose, whereas Arsenal's substitute, Reiss Nelson, scored a small save on Foster, whereas the guests sought to revive the cap on their two targets.
As an alternative, it was Watford who managed to equalize with simply 9 minutes to go whereas Luiz tripped Pereyra within the field – with the Argentinian who despatched Leno the flawed method on account of the penalty.
Arsenal is obliged to accept one level (Nick Potts / PA)
Deulofeu shot a large shot as Watford tried to win a shock victory, Luiz doing properly to take the lead of a Cleverley shot because the hosts managed the finals.
Abdoulaye Doucoure practically carried him to dying, defending himself to Arsenal earlier than taking heart Sarr to shoot proper at Leno.
Ultimately, Flores needed to accept a 2-2 draw, a outcome an identical to the one he'd bought right here within the final match of his first cost in cost, 1218 days in the past. .